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McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II Navys Secret Stealth Fighter

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The McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II was a proposed American attack aircraft from McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics. It was to be an all-weather, carrier-based stealth bomber replacement for the Grumman A-6 Intruder in the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

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The A-12 Avenger II was to be slightly more than 37 feet long, with a wingspan of a few inches more than 70 feet. The aircraft was to be powered by two General Electric F412-D5F2 turbofan engines, each producing about 13,000 pounds-force (58 kN) of thrust. It was designed to carry precision guided weapons internally.Watch the video from Found And Explained:

Although the A-12 Avenger II utilized a flying wing design, its overall shape differed from the triangular B-2 Spirit under development for the Air Force.the A-12 Avenger was never intended to scream into the fight with its teeth bared.

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In the minds of many defense officials, its ability to strike targets without warning in highly contested airspace was more useful than a massive payload. The aircraft suffered many problems during development, particularly with materials , and when the projected cost for each aircraft reached US$165 million, the project was canceled by then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney in January 1991./wikipedia

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